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|Whole Foods is falling behind on tackling plastic pollution. We should expect more from a supermarket known for its environmentally-conscious vision. Make your voice heard by urging Whole Foods to eliminate all single-use plastic packaging.
According to a recent report by As You Sow, Whole Foods got an F on tackling plastic packaging.1
Plastic waste is flooding our environment. To save whales, sea turtles and other marine animals from horrible deaths by plastic, we don’t have any time to waste. The simplest solution is to reduce our use of harmful plastics — and Whole Foods can help by eliminating single-use plastic packaging from their stores.
We should expect more from a supermarket known for its environmentally-conscious vision. Now, we’re calling on Whole Foods to do better.
Plastic packaging is a big problem. In 2019, the Ocean Conservancy found that food wrappers were the number one item picked up on beaches world-wide.2 Billions of plastic items that are used only once are entering our landfills and waterways, where they end up injuring and killing marine animals like sea turtles. To make matters worse, consumers often don’t have the choice to avoid this dangerous packaging during their trips to the grocery store.
In 2008, Whole Foods Market became a leader as the first national supermarket to eliminate single-use plastic bags at checkout.3 But in the As You Sow report, they lagged behind other companies like Walmart, Target and Kroger on reusable packaging policies and practices.4
Whole Foods can still be a leader on this issue. No other major supermarket chain has committed to eliminating all single-use plastic packaging. By committing to concrete steps to reduce single-use plastic packaging, Whole Foods can get that much closer to eliminating unnecessary plastic packaging.
Whole Foods needs to hear from people like you that our oceans and wildlife can’t wait. The store needs to take action now to eliminate single-use plastic packaging. With your help, we can ensure that Whole Foods does its part to protect our planet by putting wildlife over waste.
The team at Environment America Research & Policy Center
1. “Whole Foods, UNFI earn F’s in plastic pollution report,” Sustainable Foods News, June 17, 2020.
Environment America Research & Policy Center
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